(This is the second chapter of a book I'm working on, God Wants To Answer Your Prayers, to encourage faith in prayer. Here's the first chapter.)
God wants to answer our prayers.
I didn’t know what to make of Jesus’s statement. I didn’t know how to reconcile, “for everyone who asks receives,” with reality. It seemed obvious that it wasn’t true. Was Jesus lying, was he mistaken, were these not really his words, was the Bible not really God’s Word, did these words not mean what they appeared to mean? So I put it on the shelf. From time to time I’d come back to it and try and understand.
Then one day I saw it.